Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Nininger's Mill (Tinker Mill)
This morning after dropping my daughter off at school, I took Tinker Mill Rd home. It's a nice little road with historic homes and this old mill. I came home to read up on it and I have a small complaint towards the Botetourt Historical Society, no offense to them but honestly there's not alot of information on their website regarding historical buildings in the area. I did manage to find this one article:
Nininger's Mill (Tinker Mill)...When Peter Nininger built this brick mill on Tinker Creek in 1847, he was continuing a milling tradition in Botetourt County that began with the county's first settlers. Besides the Pittsylvania-Franklin-Botetourt Turnpike, which connected the farmlands of western Virginia with bustling Southside markets, the mill operated for decades as a quasi-public utility, offering one of the rural economy's most important services. Like most of Virginia's old gristmills, Nininger's Mill was forced out of business because of an inability to compete with the modern milling complexes. The mill was converted to a restaurant in 1965, but some of the original machinery was preserved. The structure is now a private residence. A late 19th century overshot metal wheel remains in place on the north wall.
(taken from The Virginia Landmarks Register)